‘If you put Pochettino in charge, trust me they will pay more attention’: Dimitar Berbatov says Newcastle could sign Gareth Bale if they appoint a big name manager, like ex-Tottenham boss
- Dimitar Berbatov claims Mauricio Pochettino could bring Newcastle big players
- The former Spurs striker said the manager could attract Gareth Bale to St James’
- The Real Madrid man has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the club
- He has had a fractured relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane and the fans
Appointing Mauricio Pochettino as manager would give Newcastle a chance of signing Gareth Bale, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
The Magpies are close to finalising a £300million takeover by a Saudi Arabian consortium which is backed by the country’s public investment fund.
Dimitar Berbatov says Newcastle could attract Gareth Bale if they appoint a big name manager
The former Tottenham striker said Mauricio Pochettino would be able to bring in star players
‘If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,’ he told Betfair.
‘If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.
‘If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.
Berbatov said the biggest factor in persuading Pochettino to join the Magpies would be funds
‘I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.
‘If the rumours are true, the first thing Pochettino is going to want is a guarantee that they will buy players because he would like to have as many good players as possible at his disposal so that he can achieve the club’s goals.
‘He has already made his name as one of the best coaches in the world. The question is, does Pochettino actually want to go to Newcastle? When you are connected to names like Real Madrid and Manchester United – and I mean no disrespect to Newcastle – there is a bit of a difference there.
The former Spurs manager has been linked with roles at Manchester United and Real Madrid
‘The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.’
Bale was close to leaving the Bernabeu last summer but a proposed move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning fell through.
The deal would reportedly have seen the Wales winger earn up to £1million a week.
The forward’s relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane and the Real fans has been fractured in recent years with suggestions the 30-year-old has put international football ahead of his club career.
Bale’s former club Spurs have also been linked with re-sining the star. The Welshman left the London side in 2013 for what was a world-record transfer of £86million.
He has spent the majority of this season on the sidelines through injury, playing 18 but managing just three goals and two assists.
The Wales international has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu